Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NASDAQ: SWAY) and Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.6% of Lamar Advertising shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.7% of Lamar Advertising shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Lamar Advertising pays an annual dividend of $3.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust does not pay a dividend. Lamar Advertising pays out 112.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and Lamar Advertising’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lamar Advertising N/A N/A N/A $2.94 24.23

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and Lamar Advertising, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lamar Advertising 0 2 2 0 2.50

Lamar Advertising has a consensus price target of $79.67, suggesting a potential upside of 11.81%. Given Lamar Advertising’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lamar Advertising is more favorable than Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust and Lamar Advertising’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust N/A N/A N/A
Lamar Advertising 19.18% 27.42% 7.40%

Summary

Lamar Advertising beats Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust Company Profile

Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) formed primarily to acquire, renovate, lease and manage residential assets in select markets throughout the United States. The Company’s objective is to generate risk-adjusted returns for its shareholders over the long-term through dividends and capital appreciation. The Company operates in two segments: SFRs (single-family residential) and NPLs (nonperforming loans). SFRs segment includes the business activities associated with its investments in single-family residential properties. SFRs segment provides a direct conduit to real estate. NPLs segment includes the business activities associated with its investments in NPLs. NPLs segment provides revenue opportunities through potential gains achieved through the resolution of the NPLs. As of December 31, 2014, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 16,825 owned homes and homes underlying NPLs, including 12,326 homes and 4,499 homes underlying 4,621 NPLs.

Lamar Advertising Company Profile

Lamar Advertising Company is an outdoor advertising company in the United States. The Company operates in the advertising segment. The Company sells advertising on billboards, buses, shelters, benches and logo plates. It operates three types of outdoor advertising displays: billboards, logo signs and transit advertising displays. As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned and operated over 144,000 billboard advertising displays in 44 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 115,000 logo advertising displays in 22 states and the province of Ontario, Canada, and operated over 34,000 transit advertising displays in 15 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. In August 2014, the Company acquired the assets of Marco Outdoor Advertising, Inc.

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